Category Archives: Sarah Clark

Autumn’s Urban Uniform -Blog and Styling Sarah Clark & (Make-up) Eli Wakamatsu

Eli and Sarah worked on the make-up and styling respectively for the Autumn’s Urban Uniform story in the September issue of Red Magazine with the photographer David Mandelberg.

Sarah: “I really loved the Topshop Unique show back February (in fact, it was one of my favourite London shows). I never thought a Topshop show would provide the inspiration for one of my shoots, but with Kate Phelan at the helm, it was a very different show. 

I loved the way she deconstructed the military looks to make them cooler and more wearable. I thought this was a great take on the (huge) trend for Red – not too young or gimmicky, but still stylish and cool. 

I wanted to style the clothes in a way that was really effortless and easy for every day (but without being boring). My favourite pieces were the Topshop coat (amazing, although not sure I’m tall enough to pull it off myself), the Margaret Howell navy wool cap, and the Joseph skirt. And I was also completely obsessed with the Pringle boots! 

I wanted to shoot the story in a really simple location, (and definitely didn’t want any military references), and I just love Hyde Park. It’s so beautiful, and so photogenic. So we shot one day there and one day around the streets in Shoreditch and Brick Lane (to balance out all the green!).”

Eli: “We had such a lovely location shoot, a day out in both Hyde park and  in the East end of London.

Our model Claudia Raba at Models 1 was well cast to do this shoot which needed someone cool, effortless and stylish.
She was all that before I started make-up!
The make up was totally aimed to do just that as well, nothing too ‘statement’, just beautiful skin and with her gorgeous smile just shined. And showing her independence and determination by filling her eyebrow well.
All colours were in the pallet of urban tones, well worked into the skin.

I used  Dior skin Nude as a base. 
Her eyebrow was defined and shaped with Becca  Cosmetics Brow Powder and Brow Shaping Gel 

Her nails were painted in Nars polish in the ‘Desperado‘ shade. 

See the full story here.
Follow Sarah on Twitter here.
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Sarah Clark’s Little Spree

Sarah Clark has created Little Spree, a blog for children’s clothes featuring cool, stylish bargains for little ones (from newborn upwards…) trawling online and the high street so you don’t have to.

As a Fashion Editor for over 10 years, Sarah knows something stylish when she sees it, and she also has a keen eye for a bargain. She said, “When I had twins in January 2010, I found it harder than I thought to dress them well, without having to max out my credit card. There are great things out there that don’t cost the earth, you just have to know where to look for them (and be prepared to hunt!). But that’s my job. I score the high street for the best things out there (and trust me, if it’s out there, I will find it!), so you don’t have to. All you need to do is log on. Easy. Oh, and there are also loads of great gift ideas (so that’s all your friends’ kids/nieces/nephews/godchildren sorted too).”

Check it out here or follow on Twitter for updates here.

Sarah Clarke & Ruth Funnell Red Magazine January – Black Dresses

Sarah Clark styled this beautiful story shot by Bruno Barbazan for Red Magazine January 2012 and Ruth Funnell worked on the make-up.

Sarah said:

“I was asked to shoot a Black Dresses story for the January issue. I wanted to shoot a good selection of styles of dresses, not just ‘little black dresses’, so I basically just called in dresses that I really liked!! I wanted the feel of the pictures to be quite laid-back and relaxed and a little ‘undone’, so I didn’t want the hair or makeup to feel too party-ish I love all these dresses, but my faves are the Nina Ricci, the Alexander Rich, and the Moschino. All very different, but all gorgeous in their own right. Another amazing team. A really fun two days.

Ruth said of the shoot:

“On the lovely story with Bruno Barbazan and styled by Sarah Clark, we wanted to leave the gorgeous clothes and our beautiful model Zuzana, to speak for themselves and keep the makeup sheer and modern in an understated way.

This was achieved by careful shading using sheer and complimentary taupe shades that appear to ‘melt into the skin’.

Firstly I used Dior’s new Skinflash Primer [available in the stores from 16th Jan] in ‘Sheer Glow’. It both smoothes and perfects the skin with light reflective particles and glides on like a dream with the innovative ‘foundation like’ brush applicator. 

After the prep, I used Dior Nude glow -a silky light base, as Zuzana  only needed the minimal amount of cover and then used Dior Skin Crystal Nude Matt Skin Perfector to blot any shiny areas.  

Eyes were enhanced gently with the classic colours of Dior 5 Couleurs in  ‘Amber Design’ [the staple palette all girls should have in their makeup bag!] and followed by a couple of light coats of Diorshow black mascara.

Cheeks were sculptured using Dior Skin Bronze in Honey Tan-great for giving shade and glow without too much obvious colour.

I finished with Rouge Dior Lipstick in ‘Beige Angelique’, which was the perfect beige colour to give the natural look without being pink in any way.

All these are great very wearable colours to ask for in your Christmas stocking 😉 !”

See the full story here.

Ciao Bella! Sarah Clark visits Rome for Glamour

Sarah worked on this story for Glamour Magazine for the August edition. After having recently visiting Rome myself, and being a  bit obsessed with it, I asked her about the shoot and thought we could put a few tips together of places to stay and go to…

Here’s what Sarah had to say:

“It was a ‘Pre-Season’ story, which basically means the collections that go into the stores after the Spring/Summer collections and before the Winter collections (sounds obvious now!).

Also known as the ‘Fall’ collections. They are often a taster of what you can expect from the designers for their main Winter collections. I noticed that there were a lot of great prints around, so that was my starting point for the story. I was particularly inspired by the Marni collection, and loved the way the prints were all mismatched and clashing. I wanted it to have a fun feel, but also still be ladylike (a slightly eccentric lady perhaps??). I also loved the hats and the socks and clompy wooden soled shoes. I loved it all!

My rail in the Glamour fashion cupboard looked a bit like a charity shop, but I knew (well, hoped anyway) that once the outfits were on the model and in situ in Rome, the clothes would really come to life. I loved the idea of shooting in Rome (the locations, the light, the mood…), but also liked the idea of shooting something more unexpected (i.e. not a ‘Roman Holiday’ story). I wanted it to feel like the model was a tourist on a quick tour of Rome, cramming in all the sights. 

It was the best trip ever! We had so much fun. Amazing team, amazing weather, amazing food!! One of my most memorable trips for Glamour and also my last, so great to end on a high. I will miss working with Pamela. She’s incredible.”

See the full story here.

Rome Tips:

Stay: The Il Palazetto Hotel on the Spanish Steps. Owned by the Hassler – benefit from the Old School glamour of the Hassler yet staying in a boutique hotel. Perfect. 

See: As well as the many sights in Rome, if you are there before the 23rd November, it’s worth checking out the Mario Testino Todo O Nada Exhibition – 54 amazing images beautifully presented. Great merchandise of posters, postcards, cards and books available. 

Drink: Bar Del Fico in Piazza Del Fico is a lovely little bar with good snacks. It was recommended by two separate and very different people. Perfect afternoon stop and quite lively at night with a cool crowd of young and old (playing chess outside), mismatched chairs and tables and kitsch bits and pieces. We found ourselves accidentally there a few times! Oops.

Eat: The Filippo La Mantia restaurant at the Hotel Majestic has fantastic food using no garlic, butter or onions. Gorgeous Art Deco setting and delicious. A real treat. 

By Sarah Clark – Winter White Story Red Magazine December 2011

Sarah Clark 

was asked to do a Winter White story by Red magazine for their December issue and this is what she had to say about it.

“I knew they wanted some kind of Christmas theme, but I didn’t want it to be too literal.


The clothes have no theme/story except the colour palette, because I thought it would great just to shoot gorgeous clothes that you might wear over the festive period (that happened to be white, cream etc).

I did a mix of gorgeous dresses, knits, a suit etc. All styled in different ways.

They are clothes that I would (or would love to) wear. I particularly loved all the head pieces – so pretty. We shot it in LA because that’s where Coliena (Rentmeester), the photographer is based. I liked that it was definitely not an obvious location for a Christmas shoot! It was such a fun story to shoot, but quite hectic with kids, props, bunnies etc!

Next time I’ll just be sticking to one model!!”


Ruth Funnell – Glamour May 2011 Geri Halliwell

Ruth worked on this shoot with Geri Halliwell published in Glamour last month with Sarah Clark styling and Chris Craymer behind the camera.

The story was inspired by Bert Stern‘s Famour Last Sitting pictures of Marilyn Monroe‘. To achieve this the lighting was slightly washed out and back lit, giving Geri a sexy playfulness like the original pics of Marilyn-which fitted the bikinis perfectly.

 The story showcases the bikinis Geri has designed for Next with a retro 50’s / 60’s feel to some of them, so Ruth wanted to give Geri‘s makeup a slightly more modern take of those iconic Monroe photos, but to give them a nod in that direction.

Ruth used a beautiful pale coral colour on Geri‘s toes- EssieTart Deco‘ (also Ruth’s personal current favourite at the moment).

Ruth said that Geri‘s skin is naturally glowy with freckles so she used Laura Mercier tinted 
moisturiser as a base. She then lined her eyes with Chanel black eyeliner and used Bobbi Brown pale white eyeshadow on lids followed by lashings of Givenchy mascara, and some M.A.C eyelashes for extra depth and length.

Ruth then used Bobbi Brown Calypso Coral pot and applied lightly and kept retro mat on lips and the apples of the cheeks, finished off with a touch of Guerlain Bronzer.

Ruth then used Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse available from Space NK (R.R.P. £33) for a lovely golden sheen on the body.

I would like to say a very special thank you to Cult Beauty for their help with this post.